Choices for visiting friend (PDX)
I have a friend coming into town this weekend... former New Yorker who lives in Missoula now and is desperate for some real food/culture experience. He says "Somewhere great downtown or place you have been wanting to try." We are going to dinner Saturday night... here are the places I've thought of:
Bluehour: High on the scene factor, but I've never been a fan of anything beyond their appetizers. Haven't been there in a couple years though.
Fenouil: Looks expensive. I had lunch there and it was good, but is the food all that good?
Park Kitchen: Looks fine, but is it really a scene? I'm not crazy about that type of food, for some reason, but I could be swayed.
DF - I really like this place, but I feel the Mexican food element will be disappointing.
Higgins - Really the best food, no? Lower on the "scene" rating.
Le Pigeon - Dying to try this place. Who has been there? Is it all that? What about the "scene" factor, being on the east side?
Clarklewis - Been there, done that. Food is great, but I'd rather try Le Pigeon.
The new place in the Ace Hotel - Don't know much about it. Definitely high on the scene factor.
Thanks in advance!
Le Pigeon is high on the food but low on the scene, if by scene you mean people-watching. The only watching you get to do is sitting at the bar and watch Chef Rucker at work, which is totally fascinating for me, but I'm not sure what you and your friend are after.
I think Clyde Common is great, and my favorite seat in the house is the one at the bar where the column is behind you.